When a person is arrested for a crime, the charge is either classified as a misdemeanor or a felony. A misdemeanor is the lesser charge or classification of the two. Many people who are arrested for a misdemeanor have never committed a crime before. This misdemeanor charge may be the only charge they will ever face in their life. Often, these types of misdemeanors are committed by someone being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Just because a misdemeanor isn’t as severe as a felony doesn’t mean it should be treated less seriously. There are instances when the punishment for a misdemeanor crime includes jail time and probation. A misdemeanor conviction will still show up on your record, which could impact your ability to gain employment or further your education.
Classes of Misdemeanors
There are three levels of misdemeanors – class 1, class 2 and class 3. A class 1 misdemeanor is the most serious of the three levels of misdemeanors and carries with it the most severe punishments. Here is a basic breakdown of misdemeanor sentences:
Class 1 Misdemeanor:
- Maximum Jail Time – 6 months
- Maximum Fine – $2500
- Maximum Length of Probation – 3 years
Class 2 Misdemeanor:
- Maximum Jail Time – 4 months
- Maximum Fine – $7500
- Maximum Length of Probation – 2 years
Class 3 Misdemeanor:
- Maximum Jail Time – 30 days
- Maximum Fine – $500
- Maximum Length of Probation – 1 year
Some of the most common misdemeanors committed in Arizona include DUI, shoplifting, criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct, theft, prostitution and assault. There are many crimes in Arizona that can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony based on the circumstances of the crime.
Misdemeanor Attorney – Kyle T. Green
Whether you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor before or this is your first time, you need the help of an experienced attorney. I’ve been representing clients for many years now defending them against both misdemeanor and felony charges. I will be able to help you step by step through the process, protecting your rights and explaining what to expect next.
My years working as a prosecuting attorney gives me unique insight as to what the court and prosecutors will be looking for and how they will want to proceed. No matter how big or small you think your misdemeanor charge is, having me by your side can impact the outcome of your case.
Call my office today to schedule a complimentary case review – 480-331-7568.